ADAMS -- Selectmen have arranged for Time Warner Cable representatives to occupy the hot seat during next week's regular meeting to address residents' cable complaints.
What has residents most steamed? Tthe extra charges they say they have to pay in order to watch the public access channels -- 15, 16 and 17 -- where many watch Selectmen's meetings.
Selectman Joseph Nowak said residents, himself included, recently lost the channels. Locals now have to pay for a box installation in order to access the channels -- reportedly a roughly $40 charge.
"People want to know why [Time Warner] all of a sudden made this change," Nowak said. "This constant raising of prices by Time Warner is an issue of interest in all of Berkshire County."
Scheduled for Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, the meeting is billed as a "question and answer session" and is open to the public. Many people can't watch meetings from home anymore, so Nowak hoped for a good turnout.
Selectman Arthur "Skip" Harrington did too.
"We want all the input we can get," Harrington said.
He said the board had wanted representatives of CBS at the meeting as well -- because residents can't watch Channel 4 anymore, either -- but the company couldn't make it work. Time Warner has blamed CBS' pricing for the loss of that channel.